Move over, World of Warcraft, there’s a new kid in town. A recent report of the most played PC games over the past 12 months shows reigning champ WoW has slipped to second place, as MOBA title League of Legends leapfrogs into top spot. And it’s not by a small margin, either: LoL now boasts more than twice as many PC hours logged as its nearest competitor.
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The list, from DFC Intelligence and Xfire, lists the top ten games listed not by players, but by hours played. League of Legends relishes the #1 position with nearly 1.3 billion hours played between July 2011 and June 2012. World of Warcraft, on the other hand? Languishing with a mere 622 million.
A combination of factors contributed to Blizzard‘s fall from grace, and the publisher itself was a major one: The release of Diablo III effectively cannibalised many WoW gamers, dragging them away from their primary game. (D3, despite only being counted for 45 days, features in the list at #5 with nearly 173 million hours logged – a fraction more than 2011-released Battlefield 3).
But David Cole, CEO of DFC Intelligence, suggests we shouldn’t look at the numbers in terms of what WoW has lost, instead we should focus on the fact that League of Legends has achieved a major feat on its own grounds:
The fact that online games such League of Legends eclipsed more than a billion hours of online game time in a year is simply incredible, and a testament to the fundamental shift currently sweeping through the games industry. By comparison, Bungie recently announced that the Halo franchise surpassed 2 billion hours of online play, but that’s over a period of seven years.
Here’s the list:
Top 10 Titles and Total US/EU Play Hours (July 2011 thru Jun 2012)
- League of Legends: 1,292,502,456
- World of Warcraft: 622,378,909
- Minecraft: 371,635,651
- Heroes of Newerth: 184,520,156
- Diablo III: 172,907,605
- Battlefield 3: 171,852,550
- MapleStory: 165,503,651
- StarCraft II: 163,980,293
- World Of Tanks: 145,702,931
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: 126,754,082
The list was prepared from data compiled by more than 21 million Xfire members, from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. It does not include all PC gamers, but is a handy cross-section of the community. This report is part of an ongoing initiative between Xfire and DFC Intelligence, hoping to better understand how PC gamers interact with various brands and products.